Five former Washington rowers earned spots in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Tuesday — four with the U.S. and a fifth with Team Canada — at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Coxswain Sam Ojserkis and rowers Rob Munn (a 2012 UW graduate), Hans Struzyna (2011) and Sam Dommer (2013) competed on the U.S. men’s eight team. Rob Gibson (2009), filled the No. 2 seat for the Canada quadruple sculls. Each needed a top-two finish to solidify a spot in Brazil.
Two Huskies competed but did not qualify: recent UW graduate and coxswain Stuart Sim with Australia and Ben Davison with the U.S. quad.
The U.S. men’s eight finished in 5 minutes, 29.16 seconds, edging out Poland by 0.46 seconds for first place. Australia finished fourth, and Canada finished second in the quad sculls.
Munn attended Redmond High School, and Struzyna went to Bellevue Christian.
Previously, Ojserkis won gold at the 2012 under-23 World Championships and took first at the IRA National Championships from 2010-2012 — all in the men’s eight. He also finished first at the 2011 USRowing National Championships in the intermediate coxed four.
Munn won gold at the 2014 World Rowing Cup II and the 2011 and 2012 U23 Championships, all in the men’s eight.